Is there no dust in America?
Ikram: "But then why do people wear shoes indoors?"
Rashid: "Because Americans never need to walk outside. They go into their garage, then get into their car, drive to work, sit in an office, drive home, and are already inside."
Ikram: "Aaaahhh, OK."
Ikram followed up with many other questions about clubbing ("you can't smoke inside??? How?") and money (see below), with nearly every inquiry and response ending with "Aaaahhh, OK."
On a related note, my Russian teacher told me, "I used to think that Bishkek was a very dirty city. Then I went to Philadelphia."
|A dusty Kyrgyz road (hitching up to Ala-Archa with my CouchSurfing hosts)|
How many guns do you own?
How much money do you make in a month?
How much does ____ cost?
What are some American traditions?
What is different about American schools?
|Ishen and her classroom|
Who are some famous presidents? Why are they famous?
What is the biggest state? What industry is in your state?
What is the weather/nature like in the US?
|Kyrgyz nature (Ala-Archa park, south of Bishkek)|
What animals are in your country?
Why do you like teaching Biology? It's so boring!
|Famous biologists on the wall of the bio classroom. |
There was another portrait of Darwin (bottom right) on the other wall.